Want to listen to select TAF 2012 music on the bus or while walking around your house doing chores? Well look no further than the TAF blog! MPSs of your favourite musical acts can be found below! (Right click on the links to save them to your computer!)

Alison Yeh – I’m In Here
Jasmine Tedjo – A Piano Girl
Juniors Staff – Call Me Maybe
Justin Wang – TAF Crush
Melody Chen – One and Only
The Killer Bees – 4 Chord Song

TAF Night 2012!

New videos are being uploaded to our YouTube channel every day! Please visit here or the /tafmediachannel on YouTube!

Plenty more media updates coming as well. Sorry for taking so long, the internet can be a slow place.

TAF 2012 TAP-Chicago Scholarship

Hi TAFers!

Do you or any of your friends need a bit of extra funds in order to go to TAF? If so, you’re in luck! TAP-Chicago has partnered with TAF to offer our first ever TAF scholarship! Here’s the gist: TAP-Chicago wants you to write a 500 word or less essay about Taiwanese identity and submit it for the chance to win one of two $250 scholarships towards TAF. Click here to get all the nitty gritty details!

And make sure to check out TAP-Chicago at www.tapchicago.org to see what our friends are up to! Good luck πŸ™‚


Identity, Values, Communication, and Servant Leadership.

TAF has been developing servant leaders within Taiwanese America for over thirty years. In that time, over five thousand people have attended TAF and learned about our four constant themes. If you are one of those five thousand people, chances are you created your own narrative for your time spent there, and felt a varying degree of emotions, experiences, challenges, successes, and failures.

Your collective stories become the narrative for TAF. A community of summer camp goers, brought together as kids with a shared heritage, but united together by 1 week out of 52 in Grand Rapids or North Manchester, learning about ourselves, each other, and the world around us. Forging personal growth and close friendships.

Hopefully you came back more than once. Hopefully you came back at least four times, to learn about each theme. And above all else, hopefully you shared the wisdom that you gained at TAF unto others. Because the true TAF Cycle isn’t just about four rotating themes, but also about paying forward all you learned at TAF to those you encounter, be it at TAF or outside of TAF, towards future generations.

And so we created this video to share what a complete TAF experience might be like. I know many of us started out at TAF in different ages and different programs, some of us didn’t have the opportunity or fortune to staff, nor do many of us even have children to send to TAF yet. But from precocious Junior to caring adult, we all own parts of this story, and so this is the important thing to remember — we have been and are still ALL part of the TAF Cycle narrative no matter where we are in life — alumni or current, staff or student, parent or child. And thus you share the hope with us, that we can all make a profound impact on mankind, for our future.

Hope to hear from you again at TAF 2012.

Early registration ends July 15th. Please register here at http://tafworld.org/registration.

Video Credits: Ho Chie Tsai, Anna Wu, and the rest of the tafLabs team.


Available at: http://tafworld.org/conference/staff. Apply today to experience servant leadership!

Oh and we know the tafBlog has been very quiet of late, but if you fill out the app you may notice some new things developing that we’ve been busy on. We aren’t finished just yet, but soon…soon you will witness the shiny new beacon of Epically Epicβ„’ light that is the Taiwanese American Foundation’s official home on the interwebs!

Camper registration opening soon as well! Stay tuned…


Now with lyrics, re-watch the Juniors Program’s opening to TAF Night 2011. Cutest thing ever.


Visit http://www.youtube.com/tafmediachannel and scroll down the right-hand sidebar to view them all πŸ™‚

And let us know if anyone has the “Such Great Heights” act with Angela, Andrew, Kevin, and Andrew, because our camera battery had to be changed in the midst of their song and we weren’t able to record it πŸ™

Enjoy folks! TAF 2011 Photo Gallery is our next project — that should be coming soon…


Since all of Youth was backstage preparing for their choir song, many of them weren’t able to watch what was many in tafLabs’ favorite performance of the evening, Will Leu’s Slam Poetry. So while all other TAF Night performances are edited and ready to upload (awesome!), we’re going to dedicate all of Friday to Will’s lyrical prose so you can watch it unencumbered in case you missed it.

Yay it’s Friday, Friday, and tomorrow we will upload more TAF Night, TAF Night…all uploaded on the weekennnndddddd πŸ™‚ Check back tomorrow and Sunday for swing choirs and songs and more!

TAF 2011 Slideshow!!

So it’s been a long time coming. Sorry for the delay! We had some issues with some YouTube copyrights that we were sorting through. But we are extremely excited to finally bring this to you in full color – the way it was meant to be seen!

It was an amazing week, as always. We at tafLabs are always striving every year to find ways to make the slideshow new and fresh for you guys and this year we were fortunate to have a lot of new equipment and toys to play with to find new ways and angles to show off TAF in ways we haven’t looked at before. This year, we put a little bit more emphasis on showing more of the behind the scenes work that the sTAFf, speakers, board, and even the campers, do before and during TAF. We really hope that this year’s inclusion of more video helps to provide more context around some of the amazing photos taken by everyone, and tell the story of the week.

Special thanks to board members Dave, Bob, Alex, and Spencer for taking the time to go through Anna’s photo workshop to help us cover the various events. Additional thanks to the hardworking members of the labs photo and video logging team of Anna Wu, Tom Yu, Eric Wang, Harmony Chiu, Steve Wang, and Andy Chen, without whom this slideshow definitely would not have gotten done on time. Thanks to Chikuan, Joy, and Jason for keeping us well stocked and fed with an amazing array of food and treats. And while it is somewhat self-serving, thanks to Seaglass Cinema for the use of their equipment and skillsets. Go check them out on their facebook page and “like” them! *end shameless plug*

Without further delay, we present to you – TAF Slideshow 2011. Thanks for reading and stop by often!

Kevin Yau and Jon Lee